Pronunciation: (nik'ul-un-dīm'),[key] —adj., v.,nick•el-and-dimed or nick•eled-and-dimed, nick•el-and-dim•ing or nick•el•ing-and-dim•ing.Informal.
—adj. of little or no importance; trivial; petty: a nickel-and-dime business that soon folded.
—v.t. 1. to expose to financial hardship or bankruptcy by the accumulation of small expenses, bills, etc.: We're being nickel-and-dimed to death by these small weekly expenses. 2. to hinder, annoy, or harass with trivialities or nonessentials: to be nickeled-and-dimed by petty criticisms.